I left the Dywer Junction Rest Area heading north on I-25 toward Douglas, Wyoming. This 48-mile stay on I-25 was not only my only interstate segment for this day, it was also the first time I had been on an interstate since yesterday afternoon. Once in Douglas, I made my way to State Route 59 for the final 115-mile leg of the trip to Gillette.
Here is where the true meaning of "wide open spaces" became clear. Wyoming is not only physically quite large, (the 10th largest US State by area), it is also the least populated state in the country, (around 575,000 people). Population centers are spread out and aren't really "populated" like I'm used to. This makes for A LOT of wonderful nothingness !
I took the photos above and below on Route 59 near the town of Bill, Wyoming, (yes, "Bill" is the name of the town !). The town of Bill got its name after a doctor settled here during the WWI era, and his wife noticed that there were a number of people in town with the name "Bill." Makes sense, I guess. A century later, the only census figures I can find all list the town's official population at 11. It's uncertain how many of those residents are named "Bill."